Zali became well known in Australia after Zali Steggall who is a former Alpine Skier. Her name could be a form of Sara, a greek name meaning “dance”, a hebrew name meaning strength of the sea or a form of the Swahili Zalika meaning wellborn. Of all of these Zalika seems the most likely source (all of these meanings are taken from behind the names user-submitted names section). Zali is reasonably uncommon in Australia Zali ranks at 393 with 13 born and Zarli at 696 with 6 born. The only Zali I know has a Zarlee. So if all the spellings were combined it would rank higher then it is.